Month: January 2021

SEPA Consultation on Draft Solway Tweed River Basin Management Plan

SEPA are running a consultation on their draft Solway Tweed River Basin Management Plan. SEPA are asking for your feedback on the updated aims and actions to protect and where necessary, improve the water environment in the Solway Tweed River Basin District. Your responses to this consultation will help ensure that the actions and approach… Read more »

NWIFCA Consultation on Minimum Conservation Reference Size Byelaw

The NWIFCA have now opened a consultation on the minimum conservation reference size byelaw. The byelaw, described in NWIFCA Byelaw 1 has been approved and made by the Authority. In accordance with Defra’s byelaw making process the Authority must now advertise the byelaw and provide a consultation period of 1 month before it can be… Read more »

Vacancy in Natural England for Marine/Coastal Lead Adviser – Cumbria Team

Vacancy in Natural England for Marine/Coastal Lead Adviser – Cumbria Team Natural England (NE) are looking for a marine and/ or coastal lead adviser. The successful candidate will have a broad range of responsibilities covering the marine and/ or coastal area from the Solway Firth on the border with Scotland down to Morecambe Bay in… Read more »

Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund Launched in Scotland

A £2.5 million fund to help adventure and marine tourism businesses in Scotland prepare for the 2021 season was launched on 27 January by VisitScotland. The new Marine and Outdoor Tourism Restart Fund will be administered by VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish Government in partnership with sector groups Wild Scotland and Sail Scotland who… Read more »

New website for Regional Inshore Fisheries Group Network

A new website to provide fishers with a source of up to date information has been launched by Scotland’s Regional Inshore Fisheries Group (RIFG) network. The RIFG website, will be regularly updated with input from the five nationwide groups including the West Coast RIFG which covers the Scottish Solway area. The launch of the website is… Read more »

Environment Agency invests £48 million in Fishing Projects

Environment Agency invests £48 million in projects to benefit fishing. The Environment Agency invested over £48 million in projects to enhance fisheries and make improvements for anglers, angling facilities and the environment during 2019-20. The EA’s Annual Fisheries Report, published on 15 January shows that over £20 million was raised from rod licence sales, with… Read more »

Marine Scotland – protecting Scotland’s Seas

Marine Scotland – protecting Scotland’s Seas. Marine Scotland is the directorate of the Scottish Government responsible for the management of Scotland’s seas. It has operational responsibility for monitoring and ensuring compliance with marine regulations within the British Fishery Limits, where Scotland has devolved powers. This includes work to deter and detect illegal fisheries activities, illegal… Read more »

UK Commits to International Marine Science Collaboration

UK signs agreement with ICES demonstrating commitment to international marine science collaboration. The government has set out its commitment to international marine and fisheries science by signing an agreement which will ensure continued partnership with the International Council of the Exploration of the Sea (ICES). ICES is a network of nearly 6,000 scientists from over… Read more »

£2.5m Funding lifeline for Scottish Marine, Boating and Outdoor Industry

The Scottish Government has announced a £2.5m Covid-19 support package for the Marine, Boating and Outdoor Tourism sector. Sail Scotland and the outdoor tourism group Wild Scotland have secured a £2.5m re-start grant scheme aimed at supporting businesses through the high expenditure period of recommissioning vessels, visitor moorings and visitor pontoons for the 2021 season…. Read more »

Launch of Scotland’s Marine Assessment 2020

The Scotland’s Marine Assessment 2020 has been launched. A new online platform which assesses the condition of Scotland’s marine environment and the human activity it supports showcases this new assessment. The interactive portal, which is an update to Scotland’s Marine Atlas 2011 brings together work from more than 250 scientists into 183 studies which review… Read more »